Vice-Presidential Election 2017: BJD to support UPA’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Ending all speculations over BJD’s support for Vice-Presidential election, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday declared that his Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will support UPA’s Vice-Presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

An announcement in this regard was made by Chief Minister at state secretariat here today.

Notably, Gopalkrishna Gandhi met Naveen Pattnaik at Naveen niwas in last year, while visited odisha. In that time both said “We are old friend”. Last Vice-Presidential election BJD also not supported NDA’s candidate Jaswant Singh.

Meanwhile, BJD had supported NDA’s Ramnath Kovind in presidential election, the voting for which was held on Monday.  So Speculations were rife that the BJD might support NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu.

Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. From 1985to 1987, he has been the Secretary to the Vice President, Joint Secretary to President from 1987 to 1992 and Secretary to President in 1997.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi also served as High Commissioner for India in Lesotho. In 2000, he was appointed as the High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka. In 2002, he became Ambassador of India in Norway. Gandhi also served as Ambassador of India in Iceland.

In year 2004, Gandhi was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal and completed his five year term.

Hamid Ansari has been the Vice President and ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha since August 11, 2007. He won a second term on August 11, 2012. His current term ends on August 10. Polling for the vice-president’s post will take place on August 5 if required. The votes will be counted the same evening.


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